BNP senior leaders are going to meet this (Sunday) evening to finalise whether the party will join or not the upcoming Gazipur and Khulna city polls billed for May 15.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office at 6pm.
Talking to reporters in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their party senior leaders will discuss the city polls issue at their meeting in the evening, reports UNB.
“At the joint meeting of our senior leaders, we’ll decide whether we’ll join the two city polls or not,” he added.
On Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced that the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be held on May 15.
According to the election schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is April 12, while the dates for scrutinising those are April 15 and 16, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 23.
BNP candidates Moniruzzaman Moni and Prof MA Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur respectively in 2013 polls.
BNP sources said the party will join the polls with a target to retain two mayoral posts and thus demonstrate its popularity and boost the morale of its followers ahead of the next general election.
A BNP standing committee member, wishing anonymity, said the two existing mayors may not get party nomination this time.
“It’s almost sure Hasanuzzaman Sarkar will be given party nomination to vie for the mayoral post in the Gazipur polls as its current mayor MA Mannan is sick,” he said..
But, the BNP leader said there are differences of opinion about changing the mayoral candidate in Khulna city. “Local leaders want Shafiqul Alam Mona to be made the party candidate in Khulna while some senior leaders favour current mayor Moniruzzaman Moni.”